Community Engagement

I treasure experiences of community engagement through applied research projects. I often compare applied research for me to ethnographic fieldwork for anthropologists. They gain a direct understanding of how people lives through fieldwork, while I was able to gain that understanding of how governments work through conducting applied projects accompanying close interactions with governments. I was able to sharpen what I learned from school based on firsthand observations.

The applied projects that I participated in were efforts to help state and local policy makers of where I live to make informed decisions. To be specific, populations of the State of Idaho and the Boise metropolitan area have been exploding over the recent years. State and local governments reached out Boise State’s Idaho Policy Institute for urgent help to tackle growth-related challenges that had a profound impact on people’s lives and governments.

The 12 policy reports I wrote have proven to be highly impactful. According to a ScholarWorks report, a total 278 downloads have been recorded by 42 institutions including state/local governments and private organizations from 16 countries including the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Germany, and India.

V. Fry, G. Osterhout, C. Kim. “Ada County Highway District Public Opinion Survey 2022” (2022). Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 71.

V. Fry, L. McGinnis-Brown, C. Kim, M. May. 2022. “Idaho Statewide Housing Analysis 2022.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 60.

V. Fry, J. Lee, C. Kim, G. Osterhout, D. Matthews. 2022. “Idaho Guardian Ad Litem: 2022 Program Evaluation.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 59.

C. Kim, M. May, V. Fry. 2021. “Responses of Municipal Governments to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Blue Review, Oct 29, 2021.

B. Larsen, C. Kim, M. Hall, V. Fry. 2021. “Idaho Permanent Supportive Housing: Comparative Analysis.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 51.

C. Kim, M. May, V. Fry. 2020. “City of Boise Property Tax Analysis 2020.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 28. (Presented at the Boise City council meeting, Feb 11, 2020, and the Ada County Highway District commission meeting, Feb 19, 2020)

M. May, C. Kim, B. Larsen, V. Fry. 2019. “Health Provider Network Adequacy Report #2 2019.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 20.

C. Kim, M. May, B. Larsen, V. Fry. 2019. “Health Provider Network Adequacy Report #1 2019.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 19.

B. Larsen, M. May, C. Kim, V. Fry. 2019. “Balance Billing in Idaho 2019.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 14.

C. Kim, M. May, L. McGinnis-Brown, G. Hill. 2018. “Watercraft Inspection Station Analysis 2018.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 12.

C. Kim and M. May. 2018. “Idaho Falls Housing Inventory 2018.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 8.

C. Kim. 2017. “Post Falls City Employees Per Capita Analysis.” Idaho Policy Institute Reports (Unpublished). Available on request.